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Our Team

Executive Team

Denise Wilson
Denise Wilson

CAM, President and CEO

Denise Wilson

CAM, President and CEO

Denise Wilson founded Desert Jet in 2007 with the intent of bringing the desert’s corporate flight departments together as a cooperative to reduce the cost of aircraft operating expenses. This cooperative expanded to fill the need for a quality private jet charter service in the region and soon resulted in Desert Jet landing on the Inc. 500 list of the nation’s fastest-growing companies multiple years in a row.

Denise’s experience prior to forming Desert Jet includes both flying and management positions for several airlines, charter companies and corporate flight departments. Her expertise is in aircraft acquisition and management as well as in the implementation of programs to enhance the safety of flight operations. She provides turbine transition, initial operating experience and standardization training for pilots new to aircraft type, specializing in the Citation family of aircraft.

Denise is qualified by the National Business Aviation Association as a Certified Aviation Manager (CAM). She has approximately 8900 hours of flight experience, with substantial pilot in command and single pilot experience in Citations (Citation Encore, Bravo, Ultra, Excel, 501, II, S/II, V, CJ, CJ1, CJ2, CJ3). She has type ratings in the Citation 500 and 525 series, Gulfstream III, Boeing 737, Hawker 1000, Westwind, Saab 340 and Challenger 300. She is also a company Check Airman.

In 2014, Denise was one of six selected globally to participate in EY’s Ready, Set, Grow program held in Monaco concurrently with the Entrepreneur of the Year event. Denise was named a national winner of 2013 EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ program and was named one of 2013’s Enterprising Women of the Year. Denise was a finalist in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Entrepreneur of 2010 contest, in the Emerging Entrepreneur category.

Denise is a frequent guest speaker. She was the keynote speaker at the American Express CEO BootCamp in Los Angeles in 2014, the Women in Aviation, International Conference in 2010 and a presenter on the topic of vetting business jet providers at the National Business Aviation Association’s Annual Conference in 2011.

Denise is active in leadership roles as a member of the Enterprising Women Advisory Board as well as a Director on the National Business Aviation Association’s Certified Aviation Manager Governing Board and Angel Flight West's Board of Directors.

Denise has been featured, published, and quoted in publications such as Inc. Magazine, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, Business Jet Traveler, Forbes, Fox Business, Palm Springs Life, Barron’s, the Wall Street Journal, and Aviation for Women Magazine. She is the author of “The Definitive Guide to Supplemental Lift”, a publication written to assist consumers in choosing a private aviation provider.  She was recently featured in the book "Million Dollar Women" written by Julia Pimsleur and American Express' book, "50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies Guide to Growth".

Denise attended the University of Southern California where she majored in Music Performance (Oboe), and attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree and minored in Aviation Safety. She is a member of Women in Aviation, Women in Corporate Aviation, Women Presidents’ Organization, Young President's Organization and the National Business Aviation Association.

Roman Mendez
Roman Mendez

General Manager

Roman Mendez

General Manager

Another one of our Coachella Valley natives, Roman first fell in love with business aviation when he was eighteen. Even though he had never been around aircraft before, his passion was sparked from the moment he heard that first engine start. Since then he has worked in a variety of roles in aviation, from line service technician, customer service, to management. Apart from work, Roman is involved in many activities. His love for the outdoors and trying new things has him engaging in group yoga, football and hiking. Roman is also passionate about volunteerism, as you can find him at local charity events lending a helping hand.
James Logue
James Logue

General Manager, Desert Jet Maintenance

James Logue

General Manager, Desert Jet Maintenance

James has been passionate about aviation from an early age while growing up next to a small airport in Massachusetts. He started taking flying lessons as a teenager, but soon found his mechanical inclinations lead him to pursue a career in aircraft maintenance. James graduated from the National Aviation Academy with his Airframe and Powerplant License, as well as an FCC License and NCATT Certification. James has multiple years of experience with various models of corporate jet aircraft. He has previously worked for Bombardier, Embraer and a leading AOG maintenance provider. James was also an adjunct professor at a community college in Massachusetts where he could spread his passion for aviation and knowledge of aircraft maintenance to the next generation of aircraft technicians. James spends his free time hiking and traveling with his wife as well as volunteering with church youth groups.
Chris Little
Chris Little

Chief Marketing Officer

Chris Little

Chief Marketing Officer

Chris began her marketing career in business aviation services more than 12 years ago, working for an East Coast Part 135 private jet charter and management company and its affiliate FBO.  She established the companies’ marketing department and led successful rebrand strategies and initiatives through multimedia and digital marketing, advertising, PR and event activities. She established greater brand awareness and recognition for her previous company, locally and nationally, increasing sales activities and profitability. Chris also launched several internal communications initiatives which contributed to better workflows, increased efficiencies and promoted a positive company culture. She relocated back to California and worked for an aviation services company which included marketing aircraft for sale and a Part 145 Maintenance and Repair facility. She led a successful brand merge and launched a new website and fresh marketing collateral. Inspired by Desert Jet's CEO and Founder, Denise Wilson, and the values and culture she instilled in her companies and employees, Chris soon joined Desert Jet and moved to the desert to become a part of a remarkable company focused on growing together as a team. Prior to aviation, Chris worked for an entrepreneurial consulting firm where she brought in new franchise opportunities for business ownership. She negotiated franchise agreements with C-Suite executives and founders to expand their business models, and then marketed the opportunities to the franchise consultants through training sessions, seminars, webinars, conferences and website. Dedicated to her role as the Chief Marketing Officer for Desert Jet, Chris will develop and implement a marketing strategy to increase brand awareness, presence and recognition for the company's product lines to increase market share and brand loyalty. She will bring her strong passion for excellence, high work ethics, creativity, analytic skills and enthusiastic determination to enhance the company culture and continued success of the brand. In her spare time, Chris enjoys cooking, socializing and is a foodie. She loves to hike and ride her bike by the beach and is looking forward to doing the same in the desert.
AJ Bonaguro
AJ Bonaguro

Controller

AJ Bonaguro

Controller

AJ was destined to work with numbers from a young age. Coming from a highly mathematical household in Orange County, California, instead of counting sheep to fall asleep, he would count numbers…a lot of them…by 3s.   AJ is a dedicated and results-driven financial leader with 15 years of experience in finance and operations management within stand-alone and global multi-million dollar organizations spanning multiple industries. He has a proven track record of streamlining operations that has driven growth while increasing efficiency and bottom-line profit. He possesses excellent communication, leadership and interpersonal skills facilitating open lines of communication with all levels of stakeholders.
Toby Benenson
Toby Benenson

Chief Operating Officer

Toby Benenson

Chief Operating Officer

As Desert Jet's Chief Operating Officer, Toby oversees the day-to-day operations of the company’s three business divisions and ensures the effectiveness and efficiency between cross-functional teams. As a key member of the executive leadership team, Toby is instrumental in providing leadership and developing the culture around our core values, ensuring high levels of engagement throughout the company. Toby’s previous experience over the last ten years includes the position of Director of Mission Control for a large national operator and operational control functions with a national aircraft fractional operation. He is a certificated pilot and aircraft dispatcher. Toby is also a certified scuba diver and enjoys flying drones, biking and swimming with his two-year old daughter.

Desert Jet Charter

Rob Wilson
Rob Wilson

Pilot, Facilities Manager

Rob Wilson

Pilot, Facilities Manager

Rob Wilson has over 25 years of flying experience and is qualified by the National Business Aviation Association as a Certified Aviation Manager (CAM). His previous experience includes the positions of Director of Operations and Chief Pilot for several charter and corporate flight departments. Previous to beginning his corporate flight career, Rob was a Captain, Check Airman and standardization pilot for a large national airline. Before he started his flying career, Rob was a producer, engineer, consultant, and on-air talent at a number of radio stations across the country, including KIFM and KGB-FM in San Diego and WNUA-FM in Chicago. Rob produced “A Touch of Jazz”, a syndicated weekly radio program on over 90 stations that featured contemporary jazz and was hosted by radio legend Allison Steele, New York’s “Nightbird”. He also ran his own production company, recording jingles and background music for radio station’s musical logos and commercials. Rob has over 11,000 hours, over 9000 of this as pilot in command. He has type ratings in the Citation 500 and 525 series, Citation Mustang, Saab 340, Hawker 1000, Westwind and Challenger 300. He is the company’s Check Airman in the Mustang. Rob attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he majored in Professional Aeronautics and was on the Dean’s List.
Najib Atwi
Najib Atwi

Pilot

Najib Atwi

Pilot

Najib is a captain on the Gulfstream 200 for Desert Jet. He has over 9000 hours of flight experience including several years as the Director of Flight Operations for a Part 91 flight department. Najib is a world traveler, having lived in Asia, Europe and Africa. Najib is viewed by his peers as a problem-solver and a great communicator. His hobbies include anything and everything aviation, watching and playing sports, traveling and classic cars.
Jeffrey Irvine
Jeffrey Irvine

Pilot

Jeffrey Irvine

Pilot

Jeffrey Irvine was born with a love of aviation. He has a passion for all aspects of aviation – from piloting the plane, to instructing future aviators, to ensuring his passengers have the best flight experience possible. You can always expect a firm handshake and a smile when you meet him.

Jeff attended Utah State University where he graduated with a BS degree in Aviation Technology. From there, he became an independent flight instructor for a small company in Ogden, UT where he was able to start a “Education in Aviation” program in local schools. This program helped to educate high school students on possible career choices in aviation, and gave them an opportunity to discover flight. Jeff enjoyed teaching so much that he secured a full-time position at a flight school in Phoenix, AZ where he taught for three years.

Jeff was a captain and check airman for a large cargo operation prior to joining Desert Jet.

Jeff speaks German fluently as he lived in Germany for a couple of years doing service for his church. Jeff enjoys the outdoors and has spent many hours volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America as a Scout Master. He has even been known to slip in a few opportunities to earn the Aviation Merit Badge. He loves the game of golf, watching movies with his family, and finding ways to make someone’s day brighter.

Jeff is married to the love of his life, a German red-headed beauty, and together they have two amazing boys. You could say his hands are full, but he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Tyler Thull
Tyler Thull

Pilot

Tyler Thull

Pilot

Tyler Thull joined the Desert Jet team in 2014 as a summer intern where he worked in the charter department and gained valuable experience and insight into the business aviation industry. After his internship, Tyler earned his bachelor’s degree in aviation from Kansas State University Polytechnic where he also worked as a flight instructor. As a flight instructor, he was able to pass along his emphasis on safety and forward thinking to his students from their first flight all the way to their check rides. Alongside the flight instructing position, Tyler looked to seize any opportunity he could to share his passion for aviation and inspire the next generation of aviators. Tyler spent his summers teaching the “Aviation Fixation” camps for elementary and middle school students. These summer camps introduced kids to aviation and the many career possibilities in the industry. While going to college he was a member of the nationally competitive K-State Flight Team where he was able to expand his aviation knowledge and gain valuable flying experience. After graduating, Tyler worked as a transportation pilot flying University officials throughout the Midwest.

Tyler is now a captain on the CJ3 and flies the Challenger 300.

When Tyler is not flying, he enjoys hiking, golfing and playing tennis underneath the desert sun.

Todd Davis
Todd Davis

Pilot

Todd Davis

Pilot

Todd is a Captain on Desert Jet's Citation Bravo and Challenger 300.  Previously, Todd was the founder of a small aircraft management company which he ran for several years before joining Desert Jet.

Todd is a perfect fit in his role as a pilot, with an adventuresome spirit and a love of seeing and experiencing new places.  Not only does he enjoy the charter lifestyle of flying to a variety of new places, but he also enjoys backpacking, camping, and bicycling (both mountain and road) throughout the West Coast with his young family.

Todd is originally from the Pacific Northwest where he attended Walla Walla University, Majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Aviation Technology.

       
Stacy Crawmer
Stacy Crawmer

Charter Coordinator

Stacy Crawmer

Charter Coordinator

Stacy was born and raised in a suburb outside of Columbus, Ohio. Stacy graduated from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio with a degree in Sports Management and a minor in Business Administration and Marketing. Before that, she received an Associate of Science degree from Columbus State. Her first job was at New Albany Country Club as the Golf Shop Attendant, which started her on her country club career path. Her next position was Assistant Clubhouse Manager at Montesoro Golf & Country Club in Borrego Springs, California. Stacy began her career with ClubCorp in 2009 at Porter Valley Country Club in Los Angeles. During her tenure with ClubCorp, she was also the Member Relations Director at Braemar Country Club in Tarzana, California. In 2013, she became the Member Relations Director at Mission Hills and has had the joy of working at an unbelievable club with an outstanding team who have become family for the best members a private club could have on their roster. She has been told that her greatest strengths are her sincerity and ability to build relationships. Stacy has two children and enjoys playing golf, hiking, exercising, and traveling with her family.
Steven Thiem
Steven Thiem

Pilot

Steven Thiem

Pilot

Steven grew up in the western farmlands of Phoenix Arizona and has been fascinated with aviation since he was a child. His first taste of aviation came while sitting in the dirt canal of a carrot field. A flight of F-16’s from Luke Air Force Base roared over him; with the intense sound, vibrations of power and strategic maneuvering, the seed was planted.   Steven has been a flight instructor for 7 years and has taught many nationalities including domestic, Chinese and Korean students. He then operated as a Captain, Training Captain and Assistant Training Program Manager for a cargo operator for 3 years throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Upon joining the executive transportation industry, he has provided exemplary service to everyone he meets.  Steven is known to bring a certain southern charm that truly demonstrates one of our Core Values at Desert Jet, helping from the heart. In his spare time, you can find Steven burning calories at the gym, hiking numerous trails, working on personal assignments, and even at the local pool as a volunteer springboard dive coach.
Meagan Wood
Meagan Wood

Pilot

Meagan Wood

Pilot

Coming soon!
Kiersten Rodgers
Kiersten Rodgers

Charter Sales Associate

Kiersten Rodgers

Charter Sales Associate

Kiersten was born in Daytona Beach, Florida surrounded by the World’s Most Famous Beach. When she was four years old, she and her family moved to Paducah, Kentucky. Almost finished with elementary school, her parents were called back to her hometown where she spent the rest of her childhood. While in high school, Kiersten took on a full-time job and maintained dual enrollment at her high school and local college. In June of 2014, Kiersten graduated from high school. Just six months after that, in December, she also graduated with her Associates of Art degree with a major in Psychology. She continued her education by attending the University of Central Florida where she pursued a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology. Kiersten graduated from the University of Central Florida in May of 2017. During this time, Kiersten started working in customer service for the restaurant industry. She grew from team member to taking on positions of responsibility where she trained new hires. She continued to grow into a supervisor role, with responsibilities of onboarding new hires, creating the schedules of the crew and ensuring the staff delivered high quality customer service. Having served 5 years in the restaurant industry, Kiersten was looking for a change in pace. Having a passion for aviation, she looked to enter the industry to develop her career. She was hired as a Guest Service Coordinator at Desert Jet Center, and loved the new challenges it gave her. With an extensive background in customer service, Kiersten felt a CSR position would be a good starting point for her career in aviation. Outside of work, you can find Kiersten reading her many books, traveling, or trying new places to eat.
Dillon Gaines
Dillon Gaines

Pilot

Dillon Gaines

Pilot

  Dillon was born in Vail, but grew up in Meeker, Colorado. After high school, Dillon attended Colorado Northwestern Community College where he completed flight training up through Certified Flight Instructor Instrument and graduated with an Associate’s Degree. He then went to Metropolitan State University of Denver where he pursued a degree in Aviation Technology with a concentration in becoming a Professional Flight Officer. After college, Dillon moved to San Diego where he was a Flight Instructor. He then relocated to Atwater, California and flew tailwheels as an aerobatic instructor. Dillon’s next move took him to Omaha, Nebraska as a freight pilot. Following a friend’s recommendation, Dillon moved to Orange County where he flew in the Pilatus PC-12 and Citation CJ2. While in Orange County, he also completed his Airline Transport Pilot certification. Two years later, Dillon came to Desert Jet because of the company’s distinguished reputation and the network of support and consideration given to their employees. Dillon currently flies the Citation CJ3 as a captain for Desert Jet.
Duane Cox
Duane Cox

Flight Following/Dispatch

Duane Cox

Flight Following/Dispatch

Duane left his home in Jacksonville, Florida to serve in the United States Marine Corps as an Air Traffic Controller (ATC), retiring as a Gunnery Sergeant.  In his 20-year Marine Corps career, Duane served as a Radar Controller, Tower Controller, ATC Instructor, Tower Chief, Airfield Operations Chief, Flight Scheduling Chief and ATC Detachment Noncommissioned Officer In Charge. He retired to the California desert, earned his FAA Dispatch license, and has been dispatching for the past 10 years. Duane joined Desert Jet in 2017, bringing with him years of multi-layered aviation leadership experience, a drive for success, and family values. Outside the office, you can find Duane training Brazilian Jujitsu, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his wife and daughter.
Ant Bilsev
Ant Bilsev

Pilot

Ant Bilsev

Pilot

Ant Bilsev has been flying professionally for a decade and accumulated over 6,000 hours flying in virtually anything from a Piper Cub to a Twin Otter to Gulfstream Jets. Ant is also a Gold Seal CFI with over 3,000 hours of dual given in various aircraft. Having been an owner of multiple rental aircraft and owning a flight school for nearly seven years Ant gained experience not only as an instructor pilot but also on the aircraft management side. Prior to flying professionally Ant was a consultant and worked as an international project manager for multiple Fortune 500 companies. Ant was born and raised in Germany and became a resident in California in 2010. On the personal side Ant enjoys family activities, like hikes and bike rides in the mountains as well as spending quality time with his wife, dog and two cats at home.
Steve Roy
Steve Roy

Pilot

Steve Roy

Pilot

Steve’s aviation dreams began at an early age, sitting at the kitchen table building World War II model aircraft with his father. He’s now living his dream as a pilot, as he embarks on his second career. Prior to joining Desert Jet, Steve’s strong technology background offered him an opportunity to work with several highflying teams and he has benefited greatly from the mentorship of notable business leaders while at Apple, Author-It, DonJoy, and Promptu. Steve is a graduate from the University of Southern California and attended Cambridge University, England as a Joan Metcalf Schaefer Extramural Scholar. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance, a minor in Computer Science and is an adjunct Professor of Aviation Science at Orange Coast College. Steve lives in La Quinta, is married and has two children. Steve enjoys USC Football, Anaheim Ducks hockey, cycling, golf and history. He enjoys spending time with his family and gives back through his service to Boy Scouts of America, Operation Help a Hero, Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center Foundation and Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief.
Shaun McQuain
Shaun McQuain

Director of Operations

Shaun McQuain

Director of Operations

As the Director of Operations, Shaun oversees the day-to-day operations of Desert Jet Charter, ensuring regulatory compliance while maintaining a positive relationship with all of our regulatory and business partners. Over the last ten years, Shaun has held a variety of leadership roles within large aircraft charter and management companies all leading him to Desert Jet. Shaun’s extensive leadership background and passion for aviation will help elevate Desert Jet’s operation to support future growth while maintaining the highest level of safety.
Stephanie Funston
Stephanie Funston

Pilot

Stephanie Funston

Pilot

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Andrea Riemer
Andrea Riemer

Pilot

Andrea Riemer

Pilot

Andrea is a pilot for Desert Jet on multiple aircraft.  Growing up flying with her father and grandfather, Andrea’s passion for aviation began at a young age. As a certified elementary educator, she is passionate about exposing future aviators to the industry. When not flying for work Andrea enjoys spending time in a general aviation hangar learning about antique aircraft, flying tailwheel planes, and exploring new locations to fly to for a good cup of coffee.
Laura McQuain
Laura McQuain

Director of Charter

Laura McQuain

Director of Charter

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Matthew Conner
Matthew Conner

Pilot

Matthew Conner

Pilot

Coming Soon!
Liberty Feliciano
Liberty Feliciano

Charter Sales Associate

Liberty Feliciano

Charter Sales Associate

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Manon Rinsma-Leonard
Manon Rinsma-Leonard

Charter Sales Associate

Manon Rinsma-Leonard

Charter Sales Associate

Born and raised in the Netherlands, Manon graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications, Marketing and Commercial Management with honors, and a Master of Science Degree in Media Psychology. After moving to the United States she successfully completed a business and management program at UCLA with distinction. Previously, she worked with prominent international events, world-class commercial brands, a broad range of entertainment companies, and several governmental institutions. In the position of Charter Sales for Desert Jet, Manon can combine her passion for marketing, sales, coordination, and aircraft! Manon has traveled over 50 countries and aims to travel all 50 U.S. states. She loves to travel and go on adventures, but also enjoys spending time at home in the Coachella Valley with her husband. In her spare time, she writes and runs a nonprofit organization called ‘Stronger by Sharing,’ motivating people to share their stories and support others in difficult times. An initiative Manon started after publishing her first book ‘13 Diamonds – Life Before Death from a Child’s Perspective’ about losing her mother when she was twelve. When there is time left, Manon works on her golf swing. So far, great potential, not much success! Carpe Diem.
Evan Anderson
Evan Anderson

Pilot

Evan Anderson

Pilot

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Neal Willcox
Neal Willcox

Pilot

Neal Willcox

Pilot

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Kellen Blaul
Kellen Blaul

Charter Sales Associate

Kellen Blaul

Charter Sales Associate

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Dylan Grimm
Dylan Grimm

Pilot

Dylan Grimm

Pilot

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Matt Feeney
Matt Feeney

Pilot

Matt Feeney

Pilot

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Gabe Lozano
Gabe Lozano

Pilot

Gabe Lozano

Pilot

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Desert Jet Maintenance

Mike Horan
Mike Horan

Maintenance Technician

Mike Horan

Maintenance Technician

Raised in Burbank, right under the flight path to the Burbank Airport, Mike’s passion for aviation began at the young age of five! At ten years of age, Mike had the opportunity to fly with the EAA Young Eagles program and has been hooked ever since.

Mike knew from the start that he wanted to become an A&P mechanic. Understanding the value of having a well-rounded knowledge in aviation, Mike took flying lessons in addition to his education in maintenance. He obtained both his Private Pilot’s license and his A&P license at the age of 19, and hasn’t stopped since.

Mike brings to Desert Jet years of experience on various models of aircraft including Citations, Piaggios, Phenoms, and even a few helicopters! While maintaining aircraft for the Navy, Mike obtained his Flight Attendant rating and worked as a Flight Technician.

Mike has been working on business aircraft for almost 10 years and loves coming into work every day. In his down time, Mike can be found camping, riding motorcycles, working on his car, and spending quality time with his family and friends whom he treasures more than anything else.

Matt Arredondo
Matt Arredondo

Maintenance Technician

Matt Arredondo

Maintenance Technician

Matt's interest in aviation first came from his parents, who both held careers in aviation.  Matt's father was a helicopter maintenance technician who taught Matt the fundamentals of aircraft maintenance while working on the Airbus AS350 B3 helicopter.  Matt's mother was a travel agent for Mexicana Airlines who shared stories of travelling to exotic places around the world.  Matt's desire to pursue aviation as a career field led him to Chaffey College where he studied aircraft maintenance and earned his FAA A&P certificate.

Matt joined Desert Jet Maintenance as an Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice and plans to work his way up to being a Aircraft Maintenance Technician under the guidance of his fellow team members.

Deanna Guibault
Deanna Guibault

Parts Clerk and Office Manager

Deanna Guibault

Parts Clerk and Office Manager

Deanna has held many roles throughout Desert Jet, including Parts Clerk and Accountant. Her first introduction to Aviation was during her service in the United States Marine Corp. stationed with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 39. She was responsible for managing the supply chain for over 7 different aviation maintenance squadrons. After her military service, she continued her career in warehouse management within the manufacturing industry but her passion for Aviation never left her. Due to recent marriage, she relocated to the Coachella Valley area and decided to pursue an exciting possibly to return to the Aviation field and joined us here at Desert Jet. Deanna earned her degree at the University of California, Long Beach in Operations and Supply Chain Management. She describes herself as an insatiable learner, who loves to read and study new areas of interest. She enjoys volunteering for the community through her church and as a member of the Lions Club.
James Logue
James Logue

General Manager, Desert Jet Maintenance

James Logue

General Manager, Desert Jet Maintenance

James has been passionate about aviation from an early age while growing up next to a small airport in Massachusetts. He started taking flying lessons as a teenager, but soon found his mechanical inclinations lead him to pursue a career in aircraft maintenance. James graduated from the National Aviation Academy with his Airframe and Powerplant License, as well as an FCC License and NCATT Certification. James has multiple years of experience with various models of corporate jet aircraft. He has previously worked for Bombardier, Embraer and a leading AOG maintenance provider. James was also an adjunct professor at a community college in Massachusetts where he could spread his passion for aviation and knowledge of aircraft maintenance to the next generation of aircraft technicians. James spends his free time hiking and traveling with his wife as well as volunteering with church youth groups.
Paul Rodriguez
Paul Rodriguez

Maintenance Technician

Paul Rodriguez

Maintenance Technician

Paul Rodriguez joined Desert Jet with more than six years’ experience in aviation. Paul has both an A&P license and FCC license and has worked on commercial airliners as well as business jets. His experience includes the Boeing 737-400/700/800/900/900ER, Embraer 120,175, Bombardier CJS 200/700/900 and Learjet 35/36. A true native of the Coachella Valley, he was born and raised in Indio, California, where he still resides with his wife and two young daughters.
Valente Camarillo
Valente Camarillo

Maintenance Technician

Valente Camarillo

Maintenance Technician

Valente Camarillo joins Desert Jet with more than 18 years’ experience in aircraft maintenance. Valente attended Red Stone College in Los Angeles, California, where he earned his A&P license. Previously with SkyWest, he became crew leader and spent four years in a supervisory role. Valente was born and raised in Indio, California, and enjoys spending time with his family, playing his guitar and Barbequing on his days off.

Desert Jet Center - Executive FBO

Roman Mendez
Roman Mendez

General Manager

Roman Mendez

General Manager

Another one of our Coachella Valley natives, Roman first fell in love with business aviation when he was eighteen. Even though he had never been around aircraft before, his passion was sparked from the moment he heard that first engine start. Since then he has worked in a variety of roles in aviation, from line service technician, customer service, to management. Apart from work, Roman is involved in many activities. His love for the outdoors and trying new things has him engaging in group yoga, football and hiking. Roman is also passionate about volunteerism, as you can find him at local charity events lending a helping hand.
Jorge Rodriguez
Jorge Rodriguez

Line Service Technician

Jorge Rodriguez

Line Service Technician

Jorge is a Coachella Valley native with a strong work ethic and a helpful heart. When he’s not spending time with his family, you can find him at any one of the amusement parks around the area. Jorge has a passion for sports, whether it be playing or watching football, baseball and basketball. He gives back to his community and coaches softball at Coachella Valley High School, where his passion for sports shines through.
Diana Escandon
Diana Escandon

Director of Operations

Diana Escandon

Director of Operations

Born to an American Military and Foreign Service family in Taiwan, Republic of China, Diana traveled the world widely in her early years, including her father’s posts in Germany, Saudi Arabia and Iran, before finally settling in Southern California. Her decades of professional experience span many diverse fields of aviation at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Burbank Bob Hope Airport (BUR), including extensive FBO experience accommodating aircraft ranging in size from single engine props to airline scale jumbo jet executive conversions. She also worked in airline air freight services, airline aircraft maintenance, airline refueling and many other facets of airport ground service activities, including AVI (live animal) specialty air cargo handling. Diana received formal FBO Guest Services training at Hemmeter Aviation in Honolulu, Hawaii. During her previous tenure in FBO Customer Services she received a number of notable special merit recognitions, such as one from the United States Air Force Space Division for excellent accommodation and support in overseeing a US Defense Department refueling contract at LAX. Another was received from Saudi Airlines and the Consul General of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for overseeing the travel needs of the flight operations of the Saudi Royal Family at LAX. During this time, she was also recognized for customer service excellence in a number of prominent industry publications both in the USA and in Europe, such as Professional Pilot Magazine and Aviation International News Magazine, as well as Business Aviation & Regional Transport Magazine (BART International). She was proud to have been officially appointed to the European Business Aviation Airports (EBAA) and Handling Committee as the North American Advisor. Diana has a beloved canine “child,” an Irish Setter who is also a show dog, having earned his AKC Championship Title and endeavoring to earn his AKC Grand Champion Title. Diana is a member of State and National Irish Setter Clubs. Her Irish Setter has appeared with his sibling in a national automobile television commercial that aired Spring of 2017. In Diana’s personal time, she is a sporting dog fancier, she enjoys outdoor adventures, she delights in gastronomy and she is keen on current events. Diana is very fond of spending time with her family, dearest friends and her canine child.
Mike Geller
Mike Geller

Line Service Technician

Mike Geller

Line Service Technician

Mike joined the Desert Jet Center team as a Line Service Technician after a 20 year stint in his family's business of building and supplying cars and equipment to movie studios in Los Angeles.  Mike moved from LA to the desert to find a better environment in which to raise his kids.  His hobbies include classic cars, martial arts playing the guitar and of course, spending time with his family.  
Adrienne Herkenhoff
Adrienne Herkenhoff

Guest Service Coordinator

Adrienne Herkenhoff

Guest Service Coordinator

Adrienne was born and raised in Los Angeles. She graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor’s of Art in History. After graduation Adrienne moved to England for the summer polo season and worked as a polo groom. She has also worked as a polo groom in France, Spain Switzerland, California, Florida and the Hamptons. After that, she worked in equine veterinarian hospitals, as a show jumping groom and managed a conditioning center for horses. She moved from Aiken, South Carolina and moved back to California to be back on the West Coast. She had loved the desert when she worked in the polo industry, so she decided to come back. Adrienne came to Desert Jet because she wanted to learn more about aviation and she is constantly seeking to know more about it every day. Away from work, Adrienne loves to travel, read and watch movies. In the future, she hopes to be able to visit her friends she’s made over the years and travel more of the world.
Luis Ferro
Luis Ferro

Line Service Technician

Luis Ferro

Line Service Technician

Luis is a desert native having been born in Indio and raised in Thermal, California. After high school, Luis attended the College of the Desert and graduated with an Associate’s of Science Degree in Computer Science. Luis initially joined the Desert Jet team as a Line Service Technician.  His interest in aircraft maintenance led him to join the Desert Jet Maintenance team as a parts clerk with the intention of eventually becoming an aircraft mechanics. Away from work, Luis can be found off-roading, shooting and working on cars. Luis always has a smile, and it spreads to the rest of his team.
Richard Rasmussen
Richard Rasmussen

Aircraft Detailer

Richard Rasmussen

Aircraft Detailer

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Alonso Mendoza
Alonso Mendoza

Line Service Technician

Alonso Mendoza

Line Service Technician

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Tawni Gomez
Tawni Gomez

Guest Service Coordinator

Tawni Gomez

Guest Service Coordinator

Tawni is a Southern California native and fell in love with aviation early on. Living near Santa Monica Airport (KSMO), she was fascinated by the airplanes, from Piper Cubs to Lear jets passing one hundred feet over the automobile traffic on Bundy Drive for landing. One summer, she decided she might want to learn to fly. All it took was a thirty minute Cessna Discovery Flight and she had found her passion. She made her first solo flight shortly before joining the United States Air Force where she spent 6 years combined active duty and California Air National Guard as a fighter jet armament systems specialist. During this time she received unit commendations for achieving flight leader of her graduating class, outstanding job performance and early promotion. Upon completing her active duty tour, she received her private pilot certificate and, soon after, her instrument rating. She joined an aero club with an equity share in 4 aircraft where she accumulated most of her flight hours in a Cessna Skylane. Tawni attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, with a major in Aeronautical Science. However, an opportunity to start her own windshield repair business unexpectedly presented itself and she decided to leave school to pursue the chance to be her own boss. It was during this time that the importance of customer service was deeply ingrained as the cornerstone of her business philosophy, and discovered she really enjoyed meeting and helping people. An independent survey revealed that over 97% of her customers would use her service again. In her free time, she enjoys fitness walking, cycling, inline skating, virtual flying (simulation) and spending time with friends and family. Tawni plans to own a Stearman PT-17 someday. Her favorite aviation-themed book is “A Gift of Wings” by Richard Bach.
Bryan Guevara
Bryan Guevara

Line Service Technician

Bryan Guevara

Line Service Technician

Bryan was born and raised in Los Angeles and moved to the Coachella Valley in 2013.  He joins Desert Jet Center with more than eight years of aviation experience.  He currently attends Universal Technical Institute to pursue a career as a Diesel Technician.  Bryan enjoys watching sports and working on autos, diesel trucks, and motorcycles.  He volunteers his time coaching kids at the American Youth Soccer Organization whenever possible.
Angel Vargas
Angel Vargas

Line Service Technician

Angel Vargas

Line Service Technician

Born and raised in Mexico City, Angel came to the U.S. in 1971 looking for better employment opportunities.  Angel worked as an industrial mechanic for ten years and an optical technician for five years prior to working in line service at KTRM.  He now joins Desert Jet with more than 12 years of aviation experience as a line technician. Angel enjoys history, sports, cars and motorcycles.  He is extremely happy to be a Desert Jet team member!
Taylor Garcia
Taylor Garcia

Guest Service Coordinator

Taylor Garcia

Guest Service Coordinator

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Administration

AJ Bonaguro
AJ Bonaguro

Controller

AJ Bonaguro

Controller

AJ was destined to work with numbers from a young age. Coming from a highly mathematical household in Orange County, California, instead of counting sheep to fall asleep, he would count numbers…a lot of them…by 3s.   AJ is a dedicated and results-driven financial leader with 15 years of experience in finance and operations management within stand-alone and global multi-million dollar organizations spanning multiple industries. He has a proven track record of streamlining operations that has driven growth while increasing efficiency and bottom-line profit. He possesses excellent communication, leadership and interpersonal skills facilitating open lines of communication with all levels of stakeholders.
Mari Olivas
Mari Olivas

Staff Accountant

Mari Olivas

Staff Accountant

Mari was born in Mexico and raised in the U.S. as a native of the Coachella Valley.  She found her love for accounting while working for a hotel chain here in the desert. Since then, she has not been able to get away! She has been continuously improving her skill sets in accounting for the past 18 years, making her a valuable asset to Desert Jet.  In addition to accounting, Mari has expanded her skills and business aptitude by taking the initiative to learn the functions of the Human Resources role as well.  This demonstrates her drive and diverse capabilities in business. In her spare time, Mari enjoys spending time with her husband and two beautiful children.  She heads out of the desert often to enjoy the beach!
Cindy May
Cindy May

Controller

Cindy May

Controller

Coming Soon!

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